Planet Smoothie Developers Offer Additional Franchisee Support
Area developers are committed to elevating the people and product behind our growing smoothie franchise
Planet Smoothie® Area Developers Ali Kader in Florida and Blair Ritchey in Texas are passionate ambassadors for our growing brand who are continually looking for potential new franchisees who share their passion for Planet Smoothie and want to join our growing team.
“I am always on the lookout for new owners of all ages. I am seeing a lot of millennials and people nearing retirement interested in our brand, as well as veterans. Older individuals want a business to operate after they retire, while millennials and younger entrepreneurs are attracted to the idea of owning their own business, running it along with their current job, and then two to three years later quitting their job to make Planet Smoothie their full time commitment,” Kader says.
At Planet Smoothie, having an area developer is just another added layer of expertise within an already strong training and support system. “I am there if franchise owners have the smallest problem, and they know they can get an answer in a minute because I am so accessible. We give 200% to all our franchise owners,” says Kader, who is developing the greater Tampa area.
“The genius of franchising is that while you are in business for yourself, you are not in business by yourself!,” says Ritchey, whose McKinney, Texas, store broke a sales record for 2018. “The ideal Planet Smoothie franchisee would have a vision for the Planet Smoothie brand and have a good sense of their community — they are involved in their local community, they know it and they want to serve it. They’re also passionate about health and fitness and helping people achieve their wellness goals. Lastly, they have a keen business sense and the passion, drive and work ethic to make something successful.”
Corporate backing from Kahala Brands
Planet Smoothie is a great investment for those who want to own a food business, but don’t have prior restaurant industry experience. Thanks to a simple business model, small staffing requirements and minimal required equipment (if you can operate a blender you have mastered the most complex piece of equipment!) the business model runs smoothly. Not to mention Planet Smoothie has the backing of parent company Kahala Brands, a global leader in franchising.
Because of this efficiency in operations, Planet Smoothie attracts franchisees from many backgrounds. Kader tells of a young woman working in IT who researched the Planet Smoothie brand and approached him about ownership. He went through the onboarding process with her and she is operating a successful Planet Smoothie location.
Caring, commitment and customer service set us apart
Customers and franchisees are drawn to Planet Smoothie, Kader says, because we are a strong brand with a good quality product. Our brand’s R&D team always have new things to try, he notes, which keeps things fresh for customers.
“People like our brand. Planet Smoothie is the best tasting smoothie on the planet®, all made with passion and commitment to quality and customer service. We are the strong brand, which is why more people are coming to us,” Kader says.
Planet Smoothie’s commitment to excellence also extends to our franchisees.
“Owners know I care about them, and so does the brand. I want franchise owners to like and trust us. We want to see growth, and corporate support helps with that. I am more than just a middleman, so they get me and they get corporate — two ways to have help and support,” Kader says.
Planet Smoothie is a smoothie franchise that sets itself apart by offering great-tasting smoothies that use healthier, natural ingredients. In a side-by-side comparison, our brand’s smoothies generally have less sugar and fewer calories — a big competitive advantage as Americans actively seek out healthier options. Planet Smoothie is led by a veteran franchise team and dedicated brand support team as part of the Kahala Brands™ family.